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Archive for August, 2008

Gov. Deval Patrick’s Stand at the DNC

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On the apparent eve of a more progressive era, there are a lot of Beltway Insiders who want the Democratic Party and its candidates to pander to the Religious Right.  But Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, addressing a gathering of the Stonewall Democrats at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, urged them to fight.   The Boston Phoenix reports

“This is your party, and this is your country,” he told the GLBT gathering. “And don’t let anybody push you to the margins.”

Patrick went on to ask the GLBT community “to remember that there are others too, in whose struggle you have a stake… who have been pushed to the margins,” including racial minorities, the disabled, and the poor. “There is an awful lot of unfinished business in the fairness agenda” Patrick said.

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August 25th, 2008 at 10:45 am

The Immoderate Rev. Warren

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The Institute for Public Accuracy kindly included my comments about Rick Warren’s recent presidential candidate forum in one of their daily press releases, which is posted over at Common Dreams.  I said:

“The fiercely partisan religious right leader Rick Warren of four years ago is little different from the Rick Warren of today. In 2004, he issued a letter regarding the presidential candidates on the issues he considered to be ‘non-negotiable’ and that ‘are not even debatable because God’s word is clear on these issues.’

“At the Civic Forum, Warren featured the key litmus tests of the religious right — abortion and same sex marriage — while ignoring the so-called broader agenda of the supposedly newly moderate evangelicals such as climate change and domestic and world poverty. He said that we should not ‘demonize’ people with whom we disagree, and yet he described abortion as a ‘holocaust.’

“Warren opened the forum by saying he supports separation of church and state, while the event itself held in the sanctuary of a church epitomized the all-out war on separation being waged by the religious right and its current avuncular leader. [McCain and Obama] have contributed greatly to the role of Warren as a power broker, reflecting poorly on the judgment of both.”

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August 20th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Welcome to the New

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Things have changed, and are changing still here at

But we will be up and running normally soon, with pretty much the old look; the old posts archived; and we here at will be posting more or less daily about state and national politics and the wild, wild world of the Religious Right.

The new site will also serve as HQ for my new book, an anthology I edited, Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America, due out from Ig Publishing in October.  We will have a lot of news about the book coming soon!

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August 20th, 2008 at 10:09 am